Pat McKenna, who has worked as a member of the UConn Athletic Communications staff since 2010, has been named Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications. For the last seven years, McKenna has served as the primary media relations contact for the women’s basketball team.
McKenna will serve on Director of Athletics David Benedict’s leadership team and will oversee the Athletic Communications office while also taking over as the primary media relations contact for the UConn football team.
“I am happy to name Pat to this position,” Benedict said. “He has solid relationships with local and national media that cover UConn and with everyone in our department. Pat has been a valuable member of UConn athletics for seven years and I know he will do a great job in this new role.”
Over the past seven years, McKenna has worked closely with the women’s basketball team. He has been a main point of contact for the team’s relationship with SNY since 2013 and with IMG during the production of the 2017 HBO series UConn: The March to Madness.
He worked as the primary media relations contact for the UConn field hockey team from 2010-12 and has handled the media relations responsibilities for seven of the women’s basketball team’s trips to the NCAA Final Four, which included national championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
McKenna came to UConn after spending the previous six years working for the Xavier University athletic department in Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked as the Assistant Sports Information Director from 2004-09 and as the Associate Sports Information Director from 2009-10.
During his time in Cincinnati, McKenna was the primary media relations contact for the XU women’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s golf teams. As Associate SID, he served as the department’s publications coordinator and handled the media relations duties for the Musketeer women’s basketball team’s run to the 2010 NCAA Regional Final.
Prior to his time at XU, McKenna was an athletic communications assistant at UConn and was the primary media relations contact for the UConn field hockey, women’s soccer, women’s ice hockey and baseball teams and served as the secondary contact for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
McKenna and his wife, Beth, have a one-year old son, Patrick, and an eight-year old dog, Gus, and make their home in Wethersfield, Conn.